Training for an Ironman is hard work, but for me the hardest part seems to be the post race recovery. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and a few weeks ago Ryan joked calling my current mood the “post race hangover.” Fitting, however, I think the range of emotions are more similar to grief. After all, the last few months leading up to my race, my training consumed almost my entire life. (more…)
It Takes a Village to Raise an Ironman
Lately I have been reading a lot about Scott Jurek’s thru hike on the Appalachian Trail. He recently broke the record for the fastest known time to thru hike the entire 2,189 mile trail, hiking from Georgia to Maine in forty-six days, eight hours and seven minutes. I can’t stop reading about it because it combines two things I’m passionate about, endurance sports and outdoor adventures. There are a lot of interesting articles chronicling all the adversity Jurek overcame and other articles explaining how an endeavor like this makes an athlete go deeper than they ever dreamed they could. (more…)
Ironman Coeur D’Alene Race Report
In preparation for Ironman CDA a lot of people asked me if I had a finish time that I was aiming for, I didn’t, but I had set a few goals for myself: (more…)
“I’d like to do that someday” is a phrase both my wife and I have heard many times when talking about our races with friends. But more often than not they don’t change from their current path, there’s no inspiration to change. That was my situation a few years back. My wife was getting into triathlons and I would go watch and think “I could do that” or “maybe I need to run more” but I never did…I continued to sit on the couch with a beer in one hand and a video game controller in the other. I would occasionally go on a bike ride with her, which I always enjoyed, but never made it a priority. Plus the more she trained the faster she got and the harder it was to keep up…just another excuse in my arsenal to sleep in. I had no motivation, no inspiration. (more…)
Mental Toughness. Three ways to Elevate your Mental Game.
Next week I will compete in my second Ironman, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. After completing my first Ironman in November of 2013 and signing up for Coeur D’Alene at the end of 2014, I knew I wanted to improve my mental game this time around. Looking back, I found training for my first Ironman to be an extremely emotional endeavor. I was experiencing everything for the first time, my first 20 mile run, 90 mile ride, 100 mile ride….and that lead to a lot of excitement and pride, but also a lot of anxiety and doubt. While I worked on visualizing different parts of the race to mentally prepare, all the emotions I experienced in my training left my mental game a bit weak. (more…)